Retinoblastoma

By Cooper Dudgeon

About Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a genetic disorder that is almost exclusively found in infants from 4 months to 2 years old. It is a form of cancer that can spread to other parts of the head, including the brain and may cause large tumors to develop in the eyes. Ouch.
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The white glow in the eye that can often be linked with retinoblastoma.

Detection

Retinoblastoma can be deadly if not detected early. luckily, it is very easy to spot. the easiest and quickest way to detect this kind of cancer is by taking a photo of the patient with the camera's flash on. it is normally seen as a light pink or beige glow in the eye, as seen above.

Treatment

Retinoblastoma can be treated in a multitude of different ways, but some of the easier and more popular treatments include chemotherapy, surgery to remove the cancer or even removal of the eyeball entirely. but again, the earlier the cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Because of modern day medicine and new and effective cancer treatment methods, death rates of retinoblastoma have been reduced greatly.
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Doctors getting ready to operate on a retinoblastoma patient.

In Adults

It is very rare, but it can happen. Retinoblastoma can develop in adults and when it does, it may be harder to spot as the white glow is not as noticeable.
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Both eyes in this picture are infected with retinoblastoma, but it only appears as if one is, the other eye looks like your average everyday red eye glow, but its not.
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More examples of retinoblastoma in the light of a camera flash.